Geosat follow-on satellite to supply ocean sciences data



After successfully completing a critical design review for its Geosat Follow-On (GFO) radar altimeter satellite, the Navy is giving the green light for an early 1996 launch. GFO is a small (347 kg) highly capable satellite that capitalizes on both Geosat and TOPEX experience. GFO will fly in the exact orbit of Geosat, delivering real-time data directly to ships at sea and making global observations for shore-based ocean prediction and scientific research. The National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) will distribute GFO data to the ocean science community.